Kenyans woke up on Thursday to find popular TV personality Kobi Kihara trending on social media. Madam Kihara has been downloading photos on the internet, and passing them off as her own, in an apparent bid to show the world that she is now living a glamorous life.
The advent of social media has caused us to create false perceptions and to actually start believing in our delusions.
For many, it is fake it without really making it. Here is a list of the most faked images on social media.
1 Appearance and looks
We have become adroit at altering our looks. The use of filters on social media photos and teeth whitening are some of the many methods employed to create perfection for our social media audience.
We only record on social media the blissful moments with our partners. The illusions get shattered when we break up with our lovers. The cycle gets repeated once we get into a new love affair.
This creates the false belief that a couple should have a blissful existence full of laughter and fragrance.
Fitness in Nairobi has gone on another level with everyone showing off gym pics. But with all the picture people in Kenya take while at the gym, do they have time to actually work out?
If you are so fit, why do you need to justify it by trying to gain approval and praise for strangers on social media?
Why use your toned abs to body-shame those of us who are on the fat side, or who do not have a six pack?
4 Children and Pets
Ever noticed how every photo of a baby uploaded on social media is absolutely perfect? Because let us be honest; no one wants to see your baby with mucus streaming down their nose, or poop coating their buttocks.
Nairobians only post photos of themselves when looking their absolute best. We parade our new clothes, designer handbags, and alligator skin boots.
A photo of you in a posh hotel in Nairobi, eating a dish with an exotic name. Hashtag living the good life.
7 Partying and clubbing
Let us face it; the aftereffects of clubbing in Kenya are not something to write home about. But on social media, people almost always post photos of themselves in clubs with their hair intact.
No one documents the puking or the swollen face after a bar brawl